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Sunday, October 27, 2013

George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Bill Fuller (Jack Benny) is not happy to discover that a disagreement his wife Connie (Ann Sheridan) had with their landlord, it's time to move again.  Bill is even more upset when he learns his wife has brought a broken down house out in the country.  "George Washington slept here," she says, but Bill is not sold on the idea.  He prefers city living.  But money has already been sunk into the place, so they attempt -- with comic results -- to make the best of it.

In the original play this film is based on, it was the wife who had a problem with her husband purchasing the house.  The film version has the husband objecting to the situation.  Benny's character is very sarcastic throughout the film, fussing with his wife, arguing with neighbors, suspecting his wife of being too chummy with another guy (Harvey Stephens), and dealing with annoying relatives (Charles Coburn and Douglas Croft).  Percy Kilbride, who appeared in the Ma and Pa Kettle films, plays a handyman who appears to be soaking the Fullers for more and more money to get the house and grounds in order.  Oscar winner Hattie McDaniels plays the Fullers' maid.

The film is not an out-and-out laugh riot, but it is amusing in a lot of spots.

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